Do you have a hero?
Our kids have heroes, don’t they?
These heroes are usually superhero’s that display incredible strength to fight villains.
As our kids get older, their superheroes move away from make-believe heroes like Spiderman, to real-life people like sports stars, teachers, or pastors.
As a mama, I’ve never had a hero.
I’ve had many people I’ve respected and cared about deeply. But, never a superhero.
Parenting is the toughest job I have ever held.
This 24/7, 365 day a year job is the most physically, emotionally, and mentally taxing position I have endured.
Most days I’m on a constant rollercoaster of highs of highs and lows of lows; going from crying to laughter in minutes. There’s no wonder I find myself collapsing in bed, exhausted and drained from the day’s emotional rollercoaster.
Please don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom! I thank God every day...
I used to live life on my terms, under my strength.
I would pride myself that I could do life independently. I felt so empowered that I could do most things on my own. If I didn’t know how to do something, I would figure it out.
On many levels this trait is admirable. I mean everyone should learn how to be independent, confident, and empowered to try, fail, and try again.
But, today I see and feel the difference between being independent, doing life on my terms, and...
As I reflect on 2018, there was one area of my life that I felt God gently tugging at my heart to do more of.
What is it, you ask?
It is all about allowing God to become greater in my life, while I become less.
Yes, you heard me right. God has slowly, but relentlessly, been showing me that my time is not as important as His time.
Now, let me be the first to tell you how hard this is! I mean, I love my "me" time. And now, I need to give it up?
For a gal who not...
Come close. I have a secret to tell you. Breaking old and reestablishing new habits in your life cannot be done by sheer willpower alone.
That's right! It's impossible! But, society leads us to believe that it can be done.
It is no wonder we often question our failures with thoughts such as, “Why can’t I stick with my goals? Why do I always fail in my attempt to bring about a new habit?”
Have you ever had these thoughts? I know I have - many times over...
It is that time of year again.
The time when people are most open to making changes in their lives and open to letting others inside their mess to make themselves better.
This time of year comes every year with a new-found hope.
A hope that this year (unlike years of the past) will be different. That you will be able to proclaim that you persisted and made your journey not one you just dreamed of, but lived.
Friend, do you have this hope for yourself?
I pray you do! After all,...
Your attitude determines your success or the lack thereof.
Without an attitude of perseverance, your ability to sustain behavior change for the long-haul is almost a guarantee to fail.
You see, it is your attitude that either carries you through the mess of life, or helps you sit in the mess. Because life will happen.
The messes and trials of our days will always be there. Without an attitude of perseverance, there is no way you will make it through the thick of this...
Are you ready to jump into 2019 with two feet forward, ready to make changes in your life so that you can be healthier?
After all, 2019 is your year to take this leap into a new and different you! It is your year for a fresh start, a renewed you, and a better version of yourself.
Before you jump, I want you to pause.
Pause and reflect on the year you are saying good-bye to, before welcoming in the new year.
By giving yourself permission to...
It is that time of year again.
The four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas is arguable the most hectic time of the year.
Not only do you have your regular responsibilities of life to fulfill, but you now have the added holiday tasks to complete.
Gift buying, decorating, baking, holiday parties, children concerts.... The list is endless, isn’t it?
One glance at the month of December can elicit panic, overwhelm, and stress in even the most organized.
The month of December is all about giving yourself permission to slow down and then following through on this permission - even during the most chaotic time of the year.
The last post talked about granting yourself permission to slow down. This post will focus on putting this permission into action.
Allowing yourself the time to slow down is not just a nice gesture - it is absolutely the most essential part of this holiday season.
Not giving yourself the time to slow...
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